Annual Meeting and Research Symposium, Kananaskis, Alberta
October 22, 2015
Research Symposium “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”
October 23, 2015
Arthritis Alliance of Canada Workshops:
§ Models of Care Workshop “Building Clinical Capacity to Diagnose and Manage OA”
§ Research Workshop “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research”
§ Advocacy and Awareness Workshop “4.6. It’s more than a number: Arthritis Advocacy and Awareness in 2016”
Scientists, engineers, healthcare providers, young investigators, trainees, key stakeholders and, most importantly, people living with arthritis
Building Capacity for Sustainable Health Care in Canada
Research Symposium “New Directions in Osteoarthritis Research
Research Priorities and Questions
§ To identify knowledge gaps and key research questions in osteoarthritis and to prioritize, which can be best addressed by Canadian researchers
§ To identify which programs and strategies could be exploited to tackle the most critical questions in osteoarthritis research
§ Amgen Canada Inc.
§ Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
§ Canadian Rheumatology Association
§ Celgene Inc.
§ CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
§ Janssen Inc.
§ Pfizer Canada Inc.
§ The Arthritis Society
OA Consensus Conference
|April 19, 2002||Consumer program|
|April 20-21, 2002||Scientific meeting|
Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) researchers, leading international scientists, trainees, consumers, health professionals and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, government and non-governmental organizations.
Research Priorities and Questions
OA Consensus Conference represented the first time that consumers actively involved in identifying research priorities. They participation facilitated the first nation-wide consumer survey, Determining the research priorities of people living with arthritis – listening to patients. Over 300 consumers responded validating six research questions and highlighting an unexpected addition – fatigue. The final six questions were:
1. What are the risk factors/causes of OA and how effective are OA treatments?
2. What are the best models, markers and tools for evaluation and detection of OA and what are the most effective models of OA care?
3. What are the causes and treatment of pain and fatigue in OA, and what are the relationships to outcomes of OA treatment?
4. What are the best prevention strategies for OA?
5. What are new targets for OA treatment?
6. What are the best methods of KT and how effective are they?
The OA Conference highlighted the need to support OA focused research in unprecedented ways. The Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN) has embraced the opportunity and added osteoarthritis as a Strategic Research Initiative. This enables collaboration of expertise toward new discoveries and the application of new knowledge with partners more efficiently and effectively.
In partnership with the Canadian Institute for Health Research’s (CIHR) Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) $4.4 million was awarded over five years for three osteoarthritis (OA) research projects:
For more information about these research projects, please click here.
The OA Consensus Conference also created participant interest in further collaborations and research discussion resulting in:
North American OA Research Consortium
Through CAN’s SRI on Osteoarthritis, the North American OA Research Consortium was established to facilitate collaboration among partners beyond the Canadian research community. Members of the Consortium include: Health Canada, the US Food and Drug Administration, all ACAP partner organizations, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation in the U.S.
Consensus Conference on Preclinical Models of OA
Research inquiries arising from the 2002 OA Conference created interest in determining which research model and technology would be the best indicator of clinical outcomes in human trials. The Canadian Arthritis Network will host the first international Consensus Conference on Preclinical Models of OA in May 2006. For more information about this initiative, please click here.